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The Calling (Dragon Age #2)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,831 ratings  ·  101 reviews
This is another thrilling prequel to "Dragon Age: Origins", the hit role-playing video game from Bioware! King Maric has allowed the legendary Grey Wardens to return to Fereden. One of their own has aligned himself with their ancient enemy, the monstrous darkspawn. Maric agrees to lead the Grey Wardens, chasing after a deadly secret that threatens to destroy the Grey Warde...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Augusta Li
I enjoyed The Stolen Throne but I absolutely loved this one! A group of Grey Wardens, once exiled from Ferelden, have returned to seek King Maric's assistance in locating a member of their order who is lost in the Deep Roads, the abandoned and Darkspawn infested former home of the great Dwarven kingdom. Maric, believing his intervention could prevent another Blight, agrees to help the Wardens.

A fresh recruit named Duncan is among the party that sets out for the Deep Roads. I liked Duncan in the...more
Edging dangerously close to 2.5, actually, and I only remember this one better than other one because the token hot elf wasn't so keen on martyring herself for plot purposes.

Yay, for not stuffing Fiona in a refrigerator next to Katriel.

What is this talk of refrigerators? This.
Don J.
You know, after loving the game Dragon Age:Origins, as well as Gaider's first novel, "The Stolen Throne", I wanted to like this book far more than I actually did. Don't get me wrong, there are some good things at work here: exciting fight scenes, some good humor, and a fine cast of great characters, but where "The Calling" fails is the usual attempting to do too much and accomplishing too little.

Gaider presents us with an in-depth look into the Grey Wardens--the not-so-merry band of heroes who...more
Jul 11, 2012 Ashuroa rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Let me start out by saying that – despite my low hopes – I enjoyed this second Dragon Age book much more than “The Stolen Throne”.


Well, it has something that Stolen Throne is lacking – an actual story. Stolen Throne feels like the author tried very hard to somehow connect historical events into something resembling a novel. That almost never works.

Here we have a tight plot that is telling a linear story in a short timeframe – a lot simpler to accomplish and therefore better suited for a… u...more
Alex Tanner
For the actual story itself, I'd give this book a 3. But I gave it 4 stars for the fluid writing style (David Gaider is a very talented man), and also the ending, which made me squee like the Dragon Age fangirl I am.

The book reads a little like the games, mimicking many moments from Origins (The Fade, anyone?). At times it became quite slow going, especially when they were just walking through the Deep Roads with page after page of repetitive descriptions regarding their surroundings.

However, as...more
Miriam Weiss
I really enjoyed reading this. However, I didn't expect an epic fantasy story, but rather a little bit more background to the dragon age series. Like "The Stolen Throne" it depicts a certain series of events over a rather short period of time quite a while before the events of the game, yet giving lots of background to the game's characters, story and events.
As a fan of the game and the Dragon Age series I really liked reading this part of the overall story. I probably wouldn't recommend it as a...more
Characters: 7/10
Concept: 8/10
Readability: 7/10
Writing Style: 6/10


For fans of the Dragon Age universe, there really is no reason not to pick this up and give it a read. Not only does it star some major and minor characters from the game, but it gives you a lot more to think about on your next play-through of Origins.

As for readers coming to this book without any prior knowledge of Dragon Age, I think you're going to be inclined to rate it a little more harshly. The writing is a bit fanfic-e...more
Rebecca (agirlirlblog)
I'm still a bit overwhelmed (in a good way) by the events in this book as I just finished reading it this morning and cannot seem to stop thinking about certain things and also how they relate to characters and events in the Dragon Age: Origins game. Now I really want to read the next Dragon Age book, but I can't yet because I still haven't played Dragon Age 2, and the next book takes place during that timeline. I'll just have to be satisfied with this book for now...though that's not necessaril...more
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Gaider's second book expands the lore of the Dragon Age series and lets us go on another adventure with good king Maric. The combat scenes are described in such a way that it makes you feel as if you are playing the game.

We also get to learn a bit more about Duncan and some other interesting character backstory. There are a few really touching moments within the series between wardens. Unlike The Stolen Throne, this novel doesn't expound on Ferelden's grand history. Instead it focuses on the cha...more
As with the previous book, this was an enjoyable read just to get more background on certain characters and events. It took a while to get used to young Duncan, he's very very different to the Duncan I know from the game - what a scamp!

It was also a lot of fun story-wise - lots of actions and surprises, the (view spoiler) in particular was SO GOOD.

And... (view spoiler)

I'm so glad I read these books - I'm going to start a new playth...more
Cj Calvert
As a fan of the Dragon Age video game series, I looked forward to an epic adventure story and I was definitely not disappointed. It gives a new perspective on the Dragon Age universe. If you are a fan of the Dragon Age games, I definitely recommend this book written by a Bioware writer who contributes to writing the game. And if you haven't checked out the game yet, you can get the PC/Mac downloads on Amazon with all downloadable content for $30, which is an awesome deal for the amount of game i...more
I’ll start off by saying I’m a big fan of Dragon Age: Origins. I’ve played the game more times than I can remember (mostly as an elven rogue because I love antagonizing shems), and yes, that is Morrigan in my profile image. The point is I’m fond of this world and even fonder of its characters, so I picked up The Calling with a bit of apprehension. This was my first experience with a video game novel and I didn’t know what to expect, but the more I read, the more I realized I had nothing to worry...more
David Tyler
My review of the other Dragon Age book I read applies here. Unlike that book, however, this one reads far more like playing one of Bioware's games. A party of adventurers heads off on a quest through locations that are featured in the book and the previous game; there are encounters that add nothing to the plot, but one provides exciting combat scenes and another provides a reminder of why "skip the Fade" is one of the most popular mods for the game. There's a mage in the party and she runs thro...more
Hali Sowle
The second book in the tie-in with the rpg Dragon Age:Origins sees King Maric approached by a group of Grey Wardens looking for his help in searching for a Grey Warden that had disappeared in the Deep Roads of the Dwarves. When Grey Wardens reach a certain point in their lives they go to the Deep Roads to die, and to take as many darkspawn as they can with them, but this Grey Warden is different, rthe knows what it will take to start another blight, and his sister, who now heads the Grey Wardens...more
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Fiona Moyler
The last Dragon Age novel I read was good for a computer game novel. It was a lot better than I expected, but still rather cheesy. This one was actually a really cracking read. I do suspect you'd have to know and like the Dragon Age games to really get into it though. A lot of secrets are revealed about the evil foe to be faced (many aspects of the story are the basis of Awakening) and one of the main characters from Origins (Duncan) is a main character as a young man. I think Duncan's character...more
Jan 30, 2011 Brandann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: gamers, fans of Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age: Awakenings
This book is definitely written for fans of the game Dragon Age: Origins. No doubt, and I doubt that David Gaider would ever say otherwise. It is a good follow-up to Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, which I also enjoyed, as a kind of candy bar, though my brain had a hard time reconciling one of the main characters as a sympathetic and actually decent man. Lots of nice background for something I enjoy, that being a video game I consider well-done.

The book gives more background on characters you mee...more
Just as with "The Stolen Throne", my enjoyment of this book was enhanced by my love of the Dragon Age series of video games by Bioware. This book is another prequel story to the games, taking place after "The Stolen Thone", and was an improvement.

The author didn't have any moments of complete failure, as with the ending to book 1, although a few points of canon felt stretched.

(view spoiler)...more
João  Cardeira Jorge
“DA: The Calling” is the second prequel to the amazing Bioware game, “Dragon Age: Origins” written by David Gaider. Its decent “high fantasy” but if you have no knowledge of the game and/or have not read the previous book, “The Calling” will have little interest for you. The book is clearly destined for the hardcore fan of the universe.
As in “The Stolen Throne”, Gaider has a talent to create complex and likable characters. The book follows almost the game´s structure, with a party of heroes and...more
Heather Scott
Gosh. I really expected to like this one a lot more than I did, especially since I loved the first one so much.

It started out decent, but at some point it began to feel like I was just reading the game with different characters in place of my DA:O posse. Especially the parts with the fade, as after my third playthrough, it was the only part of the game I didn't like going through again. Not only that, but I had a difficult time reconciling the Duncan from the game with the one here. Sure, he's y...more
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Bringing the reader even deeper into the world of Dragon Age, Maric and the Grey Wardens are on a quest to save the Warden Commander's brother, who went to find his death in the Deep Roads. Finding their way down into the darkness that is swarming with Darkspawn, the journey holds more in store for the Wardens than they imagined, as Breghan, the missing Warden, is in the hands of a strangely intelligent Darkspawn emissary - the Architect. And Breghan knows the location of the Old Gods which coul...more
Rosa Aquafire
"It was okay."

Not much to say. It was cool getting a lot more Dragon Age lore, I care about this universe so much and really enjoyed a more narrative, less inhibited by gameplay look at it, but the book was about a hundred pages longer than it should have been (in stark comparison to the Stolen Throne, which was about a hundred pages SHORTER than it should have been.) I enjoyed it, glad I read it.

Duncan is a way better character when he's young and smug.
Julia Winegeart
The exposition is still clunky but the character writing is still great. Also improved in this installment is the world. In the first one it seemed like any generic fantasy world but in this one it started to come into its own. Last but not least: representation was improved. One of the heroes of the story is mixed-race, 2 female characters survived and 1 of them didn't have a romantic story line, and there was a same sex couple. Huzzah for fantasy worlds not entirely populated by straight white...more
Excellent second novel for Mr. Gaider lead write for the Dragon Age: Origins video game. Again, you don't have to be familiar with the game to truly enjoy the novel. If you are, it really opens up a lot of the story line in the game. I loved the ending, too. Story of King Maric who leads a group of Grey Wardens into the Deep Roads in search of a fellow Warden who is capable of revealing the location of the Old Gods to the Darkspawn and thus unleashing the Blight upon the world once again. The Gr...more
Wendy Browne
Story-wise, this wasn't as good as its predecessor, with a somewhat shaky plot pushed a long by the questionable motivations of the characters. Fortunately, it was the characters that made me want to read these books in the first place in order to learn more about them, and Gaider again delivers, with the focus, this time, on Maric and Duncan. He adds a load of depth to both characters, making me love them all the more and feel for them and those that come after.

I also like Gaider's grasp of bat...more
Chris Lemmerman
It's been a looooong time since I read The Stolen Throne, and I can't remember why I decided to read this now after such a long time, but similar to TST, it runs in the same vein of plodding along fairly nicely for a while before kicking into high gear for the last 100ish pages. It can be slow going at times, but sticking through it is worthwhile to see the origin of some of the finer points of the video games, and the characters are a nice mix too.
If you liked the game you will probably like this book as well.
But if you aren't interested in the game(s) then there are most likely a lot better books for you to read.

I for one liked this one more than the first book "The Stolen Throne".

The story of "The Calling" revolves around Maric and a group of Gray Wardens, including Duncan.

I really liked Marics character development.
However, after playing the game it was a little hard to get used to Duncans character, because he behaves a lot different...more
Serena Tardioli
The second title in the Dragon Age series does a much better job than the first one, presenting a great story arc and characters that you really want to travel with. It's a very engaging novel. David Gaider has really improved a lot as a writer.
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David Gaider lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and has worked for video game developer BioWare since 1999. He is the lead writer on the upcoming Dragon Age: Origins role-playing game and has previously worked on such titles as Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights.
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“Nicolas walked toward him. Ignoring the presence of the others nearby, he took Julien's chin in his hand and kissed him tenderly on the lips. Julien seemed chagrined at first, and then accepted the gesture. It was sweet, and had the air of a couple that had been together for a great long time.
Maric glanced away, embarrased by the intimacy, not to mention the fact that he hadn't quite realized the nature of the two warriors' relationship ealier. Not just comrades, then, and far more than close friend. The older Grey Wardens seemed unsurprised.”
“I see you're not dead." Duncan couldn't be sure from the man's tone if he was pleased or disappointed. Mostly he sounded annoyed.
"Good to see you, too, Loghain," Maric chuckled tiredly.”
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